Healthy Homemade Granola

_MG_2781 (2)Some mornings I just don’t have time to cook an egg. Sound like the reality for most of us?

I still like to provide a healthy and delicious breakfast. For years we’ve kept a box of cereal in the cupboard for mornings when we’re feeling rushed. For years I’ve cringed a little every time I got a glimpse of the ingredients list on our favourite cereals – oils, sugar, salt, etc. etc. all among the top ingredients followed by many things I cannot pronounce.

A few months ago I was watching an episode of Gordon Ramsay’s new home cooking show on the Food Network website (it’s actually pretty good – check it out) and he made granola. I was inspired. I didn’t actually use his recipe, but rather simply took a few of my favourite pantry items, tossed them with some honey and baked them in the oven for a while. The end. It’s really that simple.

Guess what? It was delicious! My husband and toddler love it – either with milk or yoghurt.

It literally takes 5 min to prep and I now make a batch once every couple of weeks so we always have some on hand. Healthy and delicious breakfasts everyday at our house!

Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

4 CUPS RAW OATMEAL

1/2 CUP CHOPPED NUTS – I mostly use Almonds, but I’ve also tried walnuts

1/2 CUP SUNFLOWER SEEDS – Got another seed you prefer? Go for it!

1/2 CUP DRIED FRUIT – I usually stick to dried cranberries, but I’d love to use raisins if my husband would eat them

1/2 CUP HONEY

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add oats, nuts and seeds to a large mixing bowl and mix well.

Heat the honey in a small saucepan until it takes on a thinner consistency.

Pour honey over the mixture and mix well.

Spread the mix evenly on a baking sheet and back until just golden (approx 10-15 min).

Cool, then toss in the dried fruit and then store in an airtight container.

Prep Time: 5 min

Cooking Time: 15 min

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